Sunday, August 4, 2013

5 years of D and what I didn't expect to have now...

We have now been living with D for 5 years!


This is the first year that I have no posted ON the anniversary of The Superhero's dx.


I just couldn't think of what to say that day.


I was pretty emotional this year.


And all I posted on Facebook was this picture...


It wasn't until today that I could even put into words how I feel now after 5 years of living with T1 Diabetes.


I have realized that while I despise the disease itself, I am more Blessed today that I ever could have pictured.



5 years ago I had NO idea how I would EVER leave The Superhero with anyone.

5 years later, I am grateful for family and friends who I can leave my kids with and trust them to keep my T1 kiddo alive!

Many of our friends are also T1 families, but not all.

We have one special set of friends who offered to learn about Diabetes and what it takes to manage The Superhero.

They are amazing and I am beyond thankful for them.

All of our support is what keeps me sane.



5 years ago I had NO idea how I would EVER send The Superhero to school!

School?

I was just going to keep him home.

Forever.



5 years later, I am sending him to FIRST GRADE!

He has survived pre-k and full day kindergarten! (and so have I!)

And the school has been pretty awesome.

And he comes home alive.

Also, they love him there. That makes me feel good.

His 1st grade teacher is AMAZING. I think we have been luckier each year and this year, I am blown away with her attention to learning how to keep my kiddo safe at school.

I am ready for school to start! (2.more.days!!!)




And the other thing that hit me as we celebrated 5 years with D...




5 years ago I had NO idea I would EVER meet the best friends I could ever imagine.

I never really felt like I had friends. Don't worry, I was not "alone", I had some friends that we would hang out with and do play dates with.

But I had never had the type of friends you can call on for anything.

True, genuine, life long friends.

Friends that are seriously like family.

They would drop anything to help you.

They will answer the phone in the middle of the night.

They will keep your kids on short notice when something comes up.

Friends I could tell anything to and know they will be in my life no matter what.



5 years later, I finally can say I have exactly that.

I have several friends that I have met because of Diabetes.

But Diabetes is not the reason we are friends. 

These are moms who truly "get" my life.

We parent alike.

We think alike.

And we manage "D" alike.

I don't know how I lived life without them, but now that I have them, I know they are truly forever friends.


And they are what makes living a "D" life, a Blessed life.


Related Links:
The Superhero's Diagnosis story (age 18 months)
The Superhero's 1 Year Diaversary
The Superhero's 2 Year Diaversary (Part 1)
The Superhero's 2 Year Diaversary (Part 2-the Celebration)
The Superhero's 3 Year Diaversary
The Superhero's 4 Year Diaversary

*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child and a child with Allergies/Asthma. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

3 comments:

Lora said...

Happy 5th :)
When Justin was diagnosed(our 5 is this October) I lost it. I never thought I would be thankful for anything that came out of this mess, but I am.

I am thankful for you and all the friendships I have been blessed with along the way.

SCL MTW

Reyna said...

Happy 5th!!!

Me too. So very thankful for the friends/family we have met along the journey.

xo Girl and give the lil' man a fist bump! He ROCKS.

Amy said...

We will hit five years in September. I feel much like you do-- things are better now than I ever thought they would be a few years ago... heck, even two years ago.

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